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chris phillips -
Subject: of interest
You should really refrain from reviewing unless you are pleased, because you might be overlooking some positive aspect that is worth noting otherwise it's a drag.
There is lame and there is killer, but there is plenty of in between.
Anything before '74 will probably have something redeeming within it. 12/9/71 has the best Black Peter, but there is hardly another killer version in the other three hours, for instance. Even greater shows have a few or plenty of average versions on the flip side.
Playing and Jack Straw are excellent. The first Let It Grow should surely interest.
September offers much less (9/21 and this first set notwithstanding) than other months in 1973 by and large...
Try 10/21 Let It Grow and 10/29 Eyes. Those are the best versions to me. Stella and Half Step from 3/28 are sweet! Row Jimmy from 3/31 rules. HCS from 11/30 and 6/10 rounds out my Wake picks.
The first set is well-played, but hardly standout. The second is not as good, with a new & sloppy Let It Grow and fairly standard renditions of everything else. Great recording.
Subject: not so good bear
What is the purpose of segregating 39 seconds of drums and creating track #20? For that matter, what is the purpose of track #19?
I realize I'm revealing myself to be a grumpy old man (I was at this show), but 40 years ago, the only editing we would do to a show was to (sometimes) remove the 'dead air' between songs if it ran to more than a minute or two and we needed the room on the tape. The object was to get 45 minutes, (if it was a cassette) of UNINTERRUPTED music.
Subject: 7th vs. the 8th
IMO the 7th is a tighter and more coherent show. This show flows and dances seamlessly with the highlight being the entire 2nd set. The 8th is high-energy but they lose it during Big River. It is a disjointed show but some parts are very well played. The WRS>LIG is played as though they've been playing it for a long time. Eyes is confused but ends up being very, very cool.
I think Bobby is messed up and tends to ruin a lot of the songs. He completely messes up Truckin at the crucial point, so the band lets him redeem himself and he messes it up again. This show could easily be skipped except for the WRS>LIG.
Subject: next night better
great jamming in Bird Song and especially Eyes, but the show is kinda messy; miscues and missed notes are pretty easy to pick out. imho the 8th is more well played and a very entertaining show.
Subject: The GRATEUFL DEAD "Live On Stage" at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
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Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" September 7, 1973 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York, U.S.A.
The soundman dials in the sound/mix during the first song...so what else is new?
5 stars for the mix
5 stars for the recording
5 stars for the performance
5 stars for the Teddy Good Bear transfer
I highly recommend adding this show to your 1973 GRATEFUL DEAD collection.
In the pocket, focused, relaxed, deliberate, exciting and smooth are just some of the ways I'd describe this show.
The GRATEFUL DEAD always put on a good show for the New York crowds, and we still love them for it.
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Eat, Drink, Be Merry, and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.
Thanks for the LOVE from 1973; my senior year in HS, it's just like I remembered it.
PS: be sure to remember to click the DeadLists Project link to download the poster and ticket for this show...